Michael Shimazu is a Project Manager at NYSERDA in Clean Energy Research and Market Development. He manages NYSERDA's incubator, manufacturing incentive, and business development programs to increase the opportunities for clean technology companies to commercialize new products and grow their business. He has more than 20 years experience in technology commercialization at the intersection of startup companies, universities and government. He was a co-founder and corporate officer at Molecular OptoElectronics Corp., an optical components company, where he raised more than $27 million in venture capital and launched several profitable new products. He has advised several technology startups as a consultant and Business Development Director at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and held positions in technology-based economic development in New York, Massachusetts and Hawaii. He holds the S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a leader in the development, commercialization, and deployment of advanced technologies, offering several programs and funding opportunities to help clean energy businesses grow. Its programs include Clean Energy Business Incubators, support for early stage research and development, funding for business growth and development, and manufacturing incentives.